Lewis Lapham gets it right again: "It isn't that Americans view the past as irrelevant; it's that they regard it as the stuff that dreams are made of, straw spun into gold, camera-ready for the preferred and more profitable markets in prime-time myth." From his current rant in the May issue of Harper's.
True of Western U.S. history even more than Eastern. Lapham's a Westerner. Specifically, a San Franciscan. He's on to Western image-making games. Once in a while it shows.